Create your own wildflower meadow
Create your own piece of meadowland in your garden simply by adding a collection of colourful and attractive wildflowers. They'll bring in a range of pest-feeding wildlife, add animation to your garden and a lovely palette of colour.
We're dispatching wildflowers now as young plants; they're at the perfect stage of development to get growing now that it's April and the daylight hours are increasing.
Even if you've not got a large garden or have a balcony you can add these wildflowers to your outdoor space by creating a mini-meadow planting in a group of containers.
Here are some suggestions for wildflowers to try. Choose the colours that suit your tastes and the flowers that will attract the wildlife you want. Teasel is a great plant for bringing in charms of goldfinches while ragged robin and meadow clary bring in a range of UK-native bee species.
Selfheal - Prunella vulgaris (pictured right) The plant has a long history of medicinal use, and traditionally the leaves are applied to wounds to promote healing. Aside from its medical uses, Prunella vulgaris is a valuable addition to areas of grassland managed for wildflowers and wildlife.
Greater knapweed - Centaurea scabiosa A lovely UK native wildflower with a thistle-like appearance, it naturally grows on roadside verges and in hedgerows.
Oxeye daisy - Leucanthemum vulgare (pictured right) The classic wild white daisy; essential for a wild flower meadow or natural planting scheme and to attract pollinators.
Meadow clary - Salvia pratensis A charming plant, great for growing in wildflower collections. They’re particularly attractive to pollinating insects like bees and butterflies.
Teasel - Dipsacus fullonum If you love attracting bees, butterflies and finches into the garden, grow this stately plant. After flowering, let the finches take the seed from the heads.
Rough hawkbit - Leontodon hispidus A grassland perennial native to the UK that gives a real feel of being in the country. Though related to the dandelion, this more charming cousin is very attractive to beneficial pollinators.
Foxglove - Digitalis purpurea A native British wildflower with tall stems showing large, striking purple bells, all on the same side. This is a perfect addition to attract butterflies and moths to your garden.
Receiving your young plants
This is a great point in the plants' development to receive them to pot on in containers or your borders.
As young plants these hardy wildflowers have well-developed root systems and can be planted straight out. They'll establish quickly and flower for a long period. Young plants are perfect for gardeners with less time or space to grow on.